8 Stunning Places To Visit In Mysore


Scrumptious dosa, sweet paaks, amazing architecture and rich history—find all of these at Mysore, the famed city in Karnataka that pleases the great appetites of food, history and adventure. In case you are planning a trip to Mysore, here are the eight best spots to explore the city closely.

1. Mysore Palace - Mysore_Palace,_IndiaImage Source

Almost a synonym with the city of Mysore, this palace dates back to the year 1897 but saw a revamp in 1912. The palace exhibits a mix of Gothic, Hindu, Rajputana and Islamic styles structurally.

Opening/Closing Timings - 10 am to 5 :30 pm. Website- http://www.mysorepalace.gov.in/ Entry Fee- Rs. 40/adult Rs. 20/person from 10 to 18 Years Rs. 10/student Rs. 200/ foreign tourist

2. Chamundi Hills -

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Slightly on the outskirts, about 3 kilometres from the main city area of Mysore, check out the hills with an elevation of 1,065 metres. The attraction is the 11th CE Chamundeshwari Temple that houses a Nanadi statue carved from a single rock. The Temple is open all round the day until 5 pm on all days but it takes around 1000 steps to climb up here. You can reach the spot via cab or local buses.

Opening/Closing Timings - 6 am and 9 pm. Website- http://chamundeshwaritemple.kar.nic.in/ Entry Fee- Free

3. Mysore Zoo -mysore zoo indiaImage Source

Dating back to 1892, the Zoo ranks as one of the oldest in India. It houses both Indian as well as exotic animals; spread over a huge 250 acre area. You will be able to foresee different varieties of animals over here like monkeys, elephants, lion, cats etc.

The zoo is open from 8: 30 am to 5 :30 pm. Website- http://mysorezoo.info/ Entry Fee- Rs. 25

4. Brindavan Gardens -

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Sprawling over 150 acres, the Garden is located just below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. Constructed between the years 1927 and 1932, the prime attractions here are the fountains and the amazing variety of trees. From colour-changing fountains to musical ones, get mesmerized by the many varieties at Brindavan Gardens.

It remains open from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. Website- http://www.horticulture.kar.nic.in/brindavan.htm Entry Fee- Rs. 15/ adult Rs. 5/ child

5. Yoganarasimha Swamy Temple -

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Located in the Mandya district of Mysore, the temple is located in a hot pilgrim hub, Melukote. The ambience here is serene and you can simply have a laid back day while exploring the temple and clicking great photos of the sunrise views from atop the hilltop temple.

Open till 5pm Website-Not found Entry Fee-Free

6. St. Philomena’s Church -

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The cosmo feel of Mysore stands justified as you explore this Christian landmark that is a couple of centuries old. Constructed in the Gothic style architecture, the church was once a small chapel but got altered during the reign of the king Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV who laid the foundation of the church as we see it today. Today it ranks among the largest cathedrals across South Asia.

Open from 5:00 am to 6:00pm and well connected by road from all parts of the city. Website- http://www.philomena.org/mysore.asp Entry Fee-Free

7. Mysore Railway Museum -

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A hot hub for adults keen on understanding automobiles or railways as well as for curious kids, the Railway Museum was founded by Indian Railways way back in 1979. From helping you trace the history of our railways to various models—from ancient to the old—on display, the spot is easily reached via bus or car from any part of Mysore.

Visit it from 9 :30 am to 6 :00 pm. Website- http://www.karnataka.com/mysore/railway-museum/ Entry Fee- Rs. 15/person

8. Pakshi Kashi —

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Wrap your trip up with bird watching amid tranquil greenery at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary that is spread over 40 acres. Comprised of islets on the Cauvery River—six in number—the spot attracts varieties of birds. The best time to visit the place is between June and November while migratory species can be found during December every year.

The timings are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and you can take a bus or drive to the spot from Mysore by a bus or hiring a cab. Website- http://www.mysore.nic.in/tourism_ranganatittu_bird_sanctuary.htm Entry Fee- Rs. 50/person for Indian nationality Rs. 200/person foreign nationality

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Now that you know the ins and outs of touring to Mysore, all you need to do is to plan an itinerary and simply gear up to let your hair down for fun with your loved ones.

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"

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